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Taiwan official warns China: ‘We will never give up our freedom’


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Taiwan’s attorney general warns against a possible invasion of his country by China and calls on the world’s democracies to support his island nation.

“I am very, very concerned about a possible future Chinese invasion of Taiwan,” said General Counsel James JK Lee, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

“China has not renounced the use of force against Taiwan.”

Ambassador Lee, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, described international and domestic efforts to bolster Taiwan’s defenses in the face of growing Chinese aggression.

Aircraft from the Eastern Theater Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conduct joint combat training exercises around the island of Taiwan on August 7, 2022.
(Li Bingyu/Xinhua via AP)

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“Many military experts estimate different timelines for a possible invasion. But I believe that peace can only be maintained by force,” Lee said.

He hailed President Biden’s show of support for the independent island nation when he recently told ’60 Minutes’ that US troops would help defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. White House officials said the president’s statement was part of a policy of “strategic ambiguity” that aims to unbalance Beijing, although the US “One China” policy remains in place.

“It highlights the United States’ determination to safeguard democracy. It also sends a clear message to Beijing that a strategy of ambiguity is shifting to clarity in response to Chinese bullying against Taiwan,” Lee said. “Ukraine will have told us that deterrence is essential. Preventive war is very essential. Our real success will ultimately not measure whether we can win a war against Taiwan, but whether we can prevent one.”

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The Biden administration is also reportedly considering imposing sanctions on China to deter a possible invasion.

In this photo provided by Chinese news agency Xinhua, a member of the People's Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as the Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen from the stern on August 5, 2022.

In this photo provided by Chinese news agency Xinhua, a member of the People’s Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as the Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen from the stern on August 5, 2022.
(Lin Jian/Xinhua via AP)

“Americans should know that Taiwan’s democratic future is about the future of the free world. A Chinese aggression against Taiwan would dislocate the whole region. world domination,” Lee said.

China has stepped up provocations against Taiwan, which still considers itself its own territory. The recent large-scale military exercises off the Taiwanese coast and the continued fighter jets breaching the country’s defense zones are examples of Beijing’s bluster. Only about 90 miles separate the two countries between the Taiwan Strait, which is about the same distance between Cuba and Florida.

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“The United States and Taiwan should use this crisis as a catalyst to move more quickly toward a constructive security partnership,” Lee said. “When you face such a big enemy giant on the other side, we hope these freedom-loving and peace-loving countries can come together and support Taiwan. We need it.”

Taiwanese police officers on heightened alert after Taiwan was hit by multiple cyberattacks.  Photo taken at the Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.

Taiwanese police officers on heightened alert after Taiwan was hit by multiple cyberattacks. Photo taken at the Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.
(I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Lee also rallied support in New York for his nation and sought to expand his role at the United Nations. The United Nations General Assembly expelled Taiwan in favor of Communist China in 1971.

Observers say Beijing’s belligerence has only backfired and made Taiwan’s defense a top priority for the United States. Ambassador Lee said China’s actions have also strengthened the resolve of the Taiwanese people.

“China’s aggressive and coercive approach measure only strengthens our people’s will to safeguard our democracy and freedom,” he said.

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“While Taiwan will do everything in its power to defuse the tension, we will never give up our freedom.”

Jennifer Johnson contributed to this report.

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